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  • Shania, Shania Twain, Country, Xcel, Now Tour, musicinminnesota,

    Shania Twain Brings Party To The X

    Walking into the Xcel Energy Center for the first time is an amazing experience! ‘People watching’ at it’s finest. Fans screaming for Shania to come on stage before the opening act even started. It was a party atmosphere all night long, not just for two this time, more like 15,000 screaming fans. Starting out the night […] More

  • Sons Of Apollo, SOA, Rock, Progressive Rock, Portnoy, Sheehan,Sherinian, Bumblefoot, Soto, Concert Review, Minneapolis, Varsity Theater

    Sons Of Apollo Almost God-like at The Varsity Theater

    When I first heard that Super Group Sons Of Apollo (SOA) was making an appearance at The Varsity Theater, I was like, that’s definitely one that I’d like to check out! They were in town to support of their debut album Psychotic Symphony. While many don’t know the name Sons Of Apollo, the Band consists […] More

  • Charley Pride, Treasure Island, Country, Country Music

    Charley Pride treats Sold Out Crowd To Music From The Heart

    “Welcome to Mankato!” “Charley, Charley, It’s Treasure Island!” the band starts yelling. “I knew that. I was just seeing if you guys were paying attention!” That’s the first line from the famous storyteller Charley Pride. While Charley may have been around for a day or two, his charisma, charm, and wit are tack sharp. If you are an […] More

  • DJ Shannon Blowtorch, Prince Tribute, First Ave, Prince, Prince Day

    DJ Shannon Blowtorch Leads Prince Day Dance Party

    You pretty much had two choices on where to be Saturday Night for all the Prince Festivities: Paisley Park (home of Prince) or First Ave (where Prince became famous). If you had the choice, you’d choose the former, as they were holding a Prince Party including live music from Sheila E. First Ave may be the second choice, […] More

  • Annie Mack, Blues, Jazz, vieux carré

    Annie Mack Goes Underground

    As you enter the Hamms Building to get to Vieux Carré you find that the Jazz Club is located downstairs. You head on down, and you have two choices (left or right). The way you came in didn’t say which way to Vieux Carré so, of course, you chose the wrong way and ended up turning around. […] More

  • Foreigner, Goodhue Public School Chamber Choir, Treasure Island

    Jukebox Heroes Rock Treasure Island

    Tonight at Treasure Island Resort, it was a tale of big and small. The small town of Goodhue won the chance for some of their best and brightest to go on stage with one of the biggest bands in the world…Foreigner. 17 kids who make up the Goodhue Public School Chamber Choir, led by Director Emily […] More

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    ON THE RADAR: Annie Mack Releases EP Tell It Like It Is

    I lucked into this one folks. If you’re into Blues, Rockin’ Blues, Bluesy Style Music, whatever you want to call it, do yourself a favor and pick-up Annie Mack‘s EP Release: Tell It Like It Is. The 4 song EP is absolutely wonderful. This isn’t like today’s bubblegum flavored music. No, this is more like […] More

  • Phillip Phillips. First Ave

    Phillip Phillips is Magnetic at First Ave

    Welcome to First Ave, Phil Phillips. As you found out, the word “spring” doesn’t equate to much here. Cold weather, snow, and a little freezing rain were absolutely happy to welcome you. I’m not sure if it was just the individuals, the aforementioned weather, or because it was the middle of the work week, but this […] More

  • Graham Bramblett, Lakewood Cemetery, Peter Lochner, Icehouse
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    ON THE RADAR: Intimate Icehouse Party for CD Release

    What a completely different vibe tonight. Here I am, walking into The Icehouse in Uptown Minneapolis, where I find a cozy atmosphere, ample seating, and wonderful food. Compare this to the night before when I was covering a rocking hair band tribute show, just spin me in a 180-degree direction and you’ll have the raucous attitude of […] More

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    Hairball Rocks Hometown Crowd

    Welcome to yesterday, where Hairball shows off the best of the 70s and 80s during a two-hour arena rock extravaganza featuring tons of singing along (it’s all hits, there are no ‘deep cuts’), loud music full of loud guitar solos, and pyrotechnics. Don’t call these guys just a cover band. Yes, they cover all the hit bands […] More

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    Michael Schenker Fest Hits The Cabooze

    I love The Cabooze for music. The sound and vibe are usually pretty great, and you know it’s a sellout (or at least close to it) when the rafters and the lower seats are full. Of course, with the full general admission crowd, the usual problem persists. There is absolutely no clearance to walk from one […] More

  • Lee Brice, Country Music, Myth, Myth Live

    Lee Brice Brings the Party to the Myth

    It’s very unfortunate this show was not sold-out, for anyone who follows country music knows Lee Brice puts on a great show. The mostly-full crowd was absolutely rocking it tonight, making The Myth feel like the place was sold out. Warming up the crowd was The Shane Martin Band. If you’ve never seen these guys before, go see […] More

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